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This Diabetic Egyptian Woman Just Conquered the Highest Mountain in Europe

Ain't no mountain high enough.

Dalia Badrawi was diagnosed with type-1 Diabetes in her mid-twenties. At 36, she decided to take on Mount Elbrus: the highest peak in Europe, reports BBC.

The chronic illness took a toll on her at 26, and she was required to take 4 shots of Insulin a day, as well as closely and constantly monitor her blood-sugar levels. She’s a mother of two girls who, in their young age, required care and attention as well.

The Struggle

Dalia told BBC that she struggled with mental health after her diagnosis, specifically depression, which medical doctors weren’t attentive to. Contrarily, a lot of doctors urged her to practice excessive caution and made her feel like her life had ended.

Having struggled for a while, she was lucky then to find a doctor who encouraged her to cope and informed her about her illness, which helped her make life-choices that were safe yet exciting.

The Climb

She started doing cross-fit, running marathons and climbing mountains. In due time, she became a cross-fit trainer, participated in internationally recognized marathons, and decided to take on the highest peak in Europe, the 5.6 KM high Mount Elbrus.

For the climb, she had to find out how to preserve Insulin from freezing and plugged 3 different devices to her body to constantly monitor her blood-sugar. Her climb was successful, and she was able to make it with perfect blood-sugar levels.

Main Image from Dalia Badrawi/BBC


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